We’re continuing with our new series featuring some of the creative people that we know. Every Tuesday we will introduce them as they share with us the ten things they can’t live without. Today we are introducing the girl behind the blog, Ms. Catharine Stevens.
Location: San Antonio, TX
[one] hot yoga
I was recently introduced to yoga, and not just any yoga, HOT yoga! The room is about a bazillion degrees, but honestly the hotter the better. Your muscles loosen up so much faster and its a hardcore detox of all the crap you breathe in all day. On top of all that, it’s seriously the best form of stress release I’ve ever come across. And as someone who has probably been constantly stressed since freshman year of college, this speaks volumes! I’m sure there will be some upcoming yoga blog posts because I really am obsessed :)
[two] design blogs
I really don’t know what I would do without design blogs, for inspiration. My whole life I’ve been obsessed with design in any sense of the word and I used to flip through countless magazines tearing out mood shots, and color palettes that inspired me. I would stick them all in blank sketchbooks which I have volumes of.. But NOW I can digitally archive anything I come across and it’s all super organized thanks to NetNewsWire, Evernote, and this crazy desktop folder sitch I have going on [that has made a certain OCD Apple boyfriend cringe] No but really. Give me my RSS reader and some interweb and I’m content for hours.
[three] my friends / family
As an only child my family is everything to me. That said, I also consider my friends to be my family. I love talking to any of them for hours about life, love, design, music, culture, and things of that sort. My extended family is spread all over the country, so my time with them is cherished. Some of my fondest memories are sitting on the beach of Lake Michigan with my family all through the night, watching fireflies and smelling the warm summer air. I try to take everyone I love to this place, or at least tell them all about it :)
There really isn’t anything more perfect than the music up and the sunroof down. Living in Texas you’d think there were a finite number of days in which this is possible. Nay. It’s always down at night, and as long as it’s not raining or over 100F during the day its down. I even use it in the winter at night with the heat on my feet. Judge all you want, I love me some fresh air and sun shining on my shoulders.
[five] cardigans / scarves
As a person with about 5 degrees of comfort, I get cold really easily. Therefore cardigans are a must. Sometimes I really just wear them to add layers or color to an outfit, knowing I’ll be cold at some point in the day. However, in the summer I loath them and instead opt for the scarf. Heck I wear scarves year round, ask anyone! They really are the best accessory. If you see me in August with one on, think twice before you judge. It’s linen, and therefore keeping me cool. nah-NAH!
Oh little helvy. What did I do so long before I knew about you? Helvetica is clean, classic, simple, and EVERYWHERE. If you don’t believe me watch the indy flick. It isn’t just the typeface that gets me all kinds of giddy, its a whole lot more, which we will get into at a later time I’m sure. Let’s just say.. Helvetica changed my life. /end sappy moment
[seven] kitchenaid mixer
I’ve always been better at baking than cooking, so after receiving a yellow KitchenAid mixer this past Christmas, my baking world turned upside down. I use it almost every night, which is super ridiculous, but I just love it so much! I’ve even started using it to cook.. what up! [insert barney stinson voice] I’ve been experimenting with lots of new recipes lately, which I’m sure will end up on the blog soon :)
[eight] really good food
I love food. A LOT. I’ve always loved really great Italian food, and finding sketchy little hole-in-the-wall restaurants. This goes for Mexican food too, although I never truly knew the meaning until I lived in SA. I mean we’re just that much closer to Mexico, so you KNOW it’s legit. However, all this grease and awesomeness tends to lead to a surplus of calories *see item one: yoga
[nine] apple + design software
I really have no idea how I was able to obtain a degree in Interior Design without an Apple computer, but oddly enough I did. I remember spending countless hours rendering on my stupid Dell laptop haha had I only known. Now my life is so much different. Less time waiting for things to load, and more time actually designing. Apple is incredible. Everything is so much easier. It’s right where you left it. It doesn’t just crap out on you 5min before your presentation [cue Bill Gates’ evil laugh]. What goes perfectly with Apple? The Adobe Suite. It’s seamless, and makes my life SO much easier. So what AutoCAD is still on a PC? There’s boot camp, parallels, fusion.. you’ll be fine. Oh! and the iPhone.. I don’t know how I ever got anywhere or anything done without it, which is a little sad.. but more awesome.
[ten] bobby pins
I have ridiculous hair with a mind of its own. What controls this? Bobby pins. No more bangs in my face. No more runaway curls. Oh, and it’s impossible to master the side pony without them, which is critical. I’m a firm believer that side ponies make everyone cuter.
Stay tuned for text Tuesday when we feature our dear friend and Graphic Designer, Kristopher Haughton.
Until next time!